Winding up the EDL

Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll led young nationalists down a treacherous path of support for Israel: their true agenda is now clear.

Heritage and Destiny has warned on many occasions during the past three or four years that the leadership of the English Defence League was manipulating its naive followers, and that the real EDL agenda was the opposite of genuine nationalism.

This week the movement’s two founders – Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (alias Tommy Robinson) and his cousin Kevin Carroll – dramatically resigned.  They have chosen to team up with the Quilliam Foundation, an “anti-extremist” group which is partly funded by the British state.  Quilliam’s leaders are defectors from the hardline Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir, but they now promote the full liberal agenda.

Notably Quilliam leader Ed Husain defends the State of Israel, calling for a “two state solution” and opposing campaigns to boycott Israeli products.

Husain is a natural ally for the EDL leadership, whose previous adventure in “democratic” politics was their takeover of the British Freedom Party, which promptly allied itself with the terrorist Jewish Defence League before collapsing in ignominy.  For H&D‘s detailed exposé of the BFP-JDL tie-up, click here and follow the link to download a PDF report.

There have been two fatal errors that regularly tempt nationalists. One is to abandon politics in favour of provocative street marches.  These can have a useful purpose, in showing that our enemies cannot command the streets – but some nationalist leaders remain trapped in a time warp, deluding themselves that a wave of street activism will carry them to power: a Mussolini-style March on London, or perhaps a Leeds beer hall putsch.

Many of the movement’s younger supporters find these more fun than the hard grind of pushing out election leaflets etc., but large scale street activities too often degenerate into displays of exactly those aspects of nationalism that most repel ordinary Britons, feeding a media stereotype of drunken yobbery.

The other fatal temptation for nationalist leaders is (by contrast) to become obsessed by developing a ‘populist’ agenda supposedly more acceptable to ordinary folk and approved by the media.  Thus such leaders insist that ideological consistency (or even basic political honesty) is unimportant.  Nationalists should find whatever aspect of popular prejudice and media hype is vaguely similar to our agenda, and should then relentlessly pursue that line.

The EDL leadership pursued both of these errors simultaneously!

On the one hand they promoted increasingly ill-disciplined mass demonstrations; while on the other they sought to purge the EDL of any “racist” associations, insisting that they were only opposed to militant Islam, and were positively in favour of multiracialism.  And needless to say, they were staunch “anti-fascists” and ultra-Zionists, allowing not one word of criticism of Israel.

And so for several years a generation of potential nationalist activists has been encouraged to waste time on increasingly pointless street demonstrations, annoying the general public, entertaining Searchlight and police photographers, and sometimes acquiring criminal records. Meanwhile making absolutely no political progress and poisoning their minds with an anti-British ideology.

The logical conclusion was reached this week.  The useful idiocy of the EDL has served its purpose, and its secret backers have decided to move on, leaving a tragic legacy of wasted effort and betrayal of the many decent patriots who flocked to the EDL banner.

They can’t say they weren’t warned: let us hope that whatever activists remain will learn from these catastrophic errors.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (‘Tommy Robinson’) addressed a press conference this week at the exclusive 4-star Montague Hotel in Bloomsbury, London, explaining his decision to stand down from the EDL.

 

The EDL leader displayed his support for the liberal agenda of multiracial ‘anti-fascism’.

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